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Unfortunately, there are times when even the most effective daily oral hygiene routine isn’t sufficient for preventing tooth decay. Some early indicators of a cavity might include a change in texture, pain or new sensitivity issues in a tooth. You should not delay in having it examined. Timely treatment will keep a small problem from developing serious complications.

If the cavity is modest in size, your dentist, Dr. Kimberly Fee, will likely be able to repair it with a basic dental filling. If the tooth in question is visible in your smile, your dentist might recommend a composite resin filling. This is a special type of dental material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays. This will help her assess the extent of the decay and ensure that the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy and strong. Your dentist will then discuss your numbing options. The most common method is to inject Novocain into your gums.

A drill is then used to remove any decayed enamel, leaving behind a clean, healthy surface to securely cement the filling into place. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material your dentist recommends for your filling.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one or your teeth, you should not delay in calling Kimberly W. Fee DMD at 928-778-7410 to have it treated and repaired with a dental filling in Prescott, Arizona.